Not able to go on vacation this year? This book allows you to travel around the world through its pages!🗺
What a delight it was to travel around the world through the pages of this book. K. C. Dyer’s vivid storytelling brought the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the world to this engaging story. I was right there with Romy: getting seasick on the Atlantic… traversing the caves of Paris… flying over the alps of France into Italy… navigating the crowds of India… helicoptering over Africa… in awe of the skyscrapers of Hong Kong… Learning about the indigenous people of Canada… and all the adventures in between. Romy was born and raised in NYC where she works with her uncles at their book shop. When the book shop rent is suddenly tripled by the new evil owner Romy is determined to save the shop and her home. She applies for a job with a company that arranges literary vacations. In order to secure the job she hast to prove that she can arrange a trip successfully. That is how Romy finds herself reenacting Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days.”. An epic Adventure with a catch… no commercial plane flights and instead of 80 days Romy has 49.
This book has definite Amazing Race vibes. Romy also had some pretty bad luck during her travels. There is a dash of romance in the story… Romy keeps running into Dominic The “nephew“ of the evil man raising her uncles rent. It appears as though Dominic and she are competing for the same job, and of course there is attraction between the two of them. The romance is a definite sweet slow burn, but I would say this is more of a women’s fiction book. The story is about Romy and her growth throughout this adventure. The book also touches on systemic racism, immigration, and privilege in a thoughtful way. An entertaining story that will allow you to travel places that you currently aren’t even allowed to go in the middle of this pandemic.
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*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***
About the Book
The Amazing Race meets Around the World in 80 Days as a woman desperate to save her family bookstore falls for her competition.
Born and raised in New York City, Ramona Keene dreams of attending photography school and traveling to Paris, but her reality never quite catches up with her imagination. Instead, she works at her uncles’ quaint bookstore, where the tea is plentiful and all the adventures are between the covers of secondhand books. But when the new landlord arrives with his evil nephew in tow, Romy’s quiet life comes crashing down. He plans to triple the rent, something her uncles can’t afford.
In order to earn the money to help save the bookstore, Romy applies for a job at ExLibris Expeditions, a company that recreates literary journeys. Romy snags the oddest internship ever: Retrace Phileas Fogg’s journey from Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days and plan a suitable, contemporary adventure for a client. The task is close to impossible; sticking to the original route means no commercial aircraft permitted, and she’s got a lot less than 80 days to work with. Shaking off her fear of leaving home, Romy takes on the challenge, only to discover she’s got competition. Worse, Dominic Madison turns out to be the – unfortunately hot – nephew of her family’s worst enemy.
Can Romy win the race and circle the globe in time to save the bookstore? And what happens when she starts to fall for the very person who may just be the death of her dreams?
Have a lovely day filled with adventure and books! XOXO Berit🛫